Fragments of the world's oldest Koran, found in Birmingham last month, may predate the Prophet Muhammad and could even rewrite the early history of Islam, according to scholars.
The pages, thought to be between 1,448 and 1,371 years old, were discovered bound within the pages of another Koran from the late seventh century at the library of the University of Birmingham.
Written in ink in an early form of Arabic script on parchment made from animal skin, the pages contain parts of the Suras, or chapters, 18 to 20, which may have been written by someone who actually knew the Prophet Muhammad - founder of the Islamic faith.
The pages were carbon-dated by experts at the University of Oxford, a process which showed the Islamic holy book manuscript could be the oldest Koran in the world.
The discovery was said to be particularly significant as in the early years of Islam, the Koran was thought to have been memorised and passed down orally rather written.
But now several historians have said that the parchment might even predate Muhammad.
[TOP RATED COMMENT 7281 votes] How can it predate Mohammed, as he founded Islam? That would mean Mohammed was not the prophet sent by Allah surely ?
[2ND 6059] Who cares? Religion is the root of all the troubles in the world. People should concentrate on being good, reasonable, caring, empathetic creatures rather than looking for get out clauses on bit of paper to do the exact opposite!
[3RD 4428] Please don't refer to him as "The Prophet Muhammed"as if this is an established title accepted by everyone unless the editorial policy of the DM is also to refer to "The Messiah Jesus Christ" or "The Prophet Joseph Smith." "Muhammed, the Islamic prophet" will do ok.
[4TH 4425] Not my prophet
[5TH 3568] I need coffee. I read the headline as, 'Korean found in Birmingham .....'
[6TH 3315] Do me a favour - they're all brainwashed beyond redemption. They are never going to believe anything that challenges their beliefs. [Daily Mail] Read more